October 2, 2015
Any American or European with a smartphone has access to a wealth of internet-enabled data and services: social media platforms, news and ecommerce websites, and mobile apps for everything from monitoring health metrics to ordering a car service downtown. Other capabilities include mobile banking, peer-to-peer lending, trip planning, games – the list of services available to the typical smartphone-wielding mobile subscriber is nearly endless. This digital bounty depends, of course, on having a smartphone, a mobile service plan, and being in a location with adequate mobile coverage. In the United States and Europe, it’s easy to take these requirements for granted.
October 1, 2015
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned that cyberattacks and threats from hackers are getting worse. “Cyber threats to U.S. national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication and severity of impact,” Clapper said before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday. During his testimony, Clapper discussed the U.S.'s cyber agreement with China. He raised concerns that the agreement is unlikely to halt China's cyber attacks, noting that the agreement makes no mention of specific penalties for violations.
October 1, 2015
A number of CIA officers in Beijing have been pulled from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, following the Office of Personnel Management's data breach, according to the Washington Post. News of the move broke after U.S. and China last week agreed to curb intellectual property cybertheft and economic espionage against each other.
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., spoke about the U.S.'s attempts to deter cyberattacks, such as the OPM hack that led to the breach of 21.5 million Social Security Numbers and 5.6 million stolen fingerprints.